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The Fall (The Seventh Tower, Book 1)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 3 April 2008
I agree with the previous reviewer. Despite wishing that it had as much to offer as the Abhorsen trilogy, the story was enough to keep me reading and I read the whole book in one day. It's much thinner than the Abhorsen books and I found myself wishing the series hadn't been cut up into so many different books.

The characters lack some depth. Milla comes across as a blood thirsty teenager, but i'm sure there's more to her than that and this will be revealed in the subsequent books. I doubt someone who can write Sabriel and Lirael so well (as in the Abhorsen trilogy) would give us a one dimensional female character now.

I've seen reviews of the second book and it looks like things rev up quite a lot. Shame we have to wait for October to have it published in the UK. I'm keen to know the next part of the adventure.

I would recommend you buy this book, but perhaps wait until more of the series has come out.

Update: Set 08 - I decided not to wait for the UK publication of the remaining books, so I bought them all in America and had them shipped over. My verdict? Not in the same league as the Abhorsen trilogy but still very good indeed. I read the remaining 5 books of the series in a week. The plots and characters develop very well - Enjoy!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2008
I've already read this entire series. I was in America a couple of years ago and bought all six books in two volumes. You'll be pleased to that whilst it is not in the same league as the Abhorsen trilogy, it does improve as Garth Nix reveals more of the back story about the Sunstones and the Spiritshadows and the past of the Castle of Seven. The characters develop more and you actually begin to care about them and what happens to them. I recommend that even if you're unsure about this one, stick with it, they do get much better
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 15 May 2013
I stumbled upon this and was immediately enticed by the captivating cover artwork. I read the write-up and it sounded like a book I would enjoy. I did see that it was part of a series of books (which is not normally my cup of tea) but this did not deter.

The story gets off to a cracking and imaginative start, and about halfway through I'd already decided I wanted to purchase the whole series - but hadn't ordered them. Just as well, because as I got to the last quarter or so (which is quite a lot of pages in a short novel like this) I thought the story began to lose pace rapidly, and much of what was written I found insignificant in comparison to the rest of the story I'd read... I'm not keen on relationships that constantly swing between love and hate - like that of a man and woman in a tale of romance, or as in this case; a boy and a girl who clearly do not like each other, yet help each other. I just don't take to this kind of scenario.

I've since decided to put my purchasing of the rest of the series on hold for now, and have a cool off period and see if I want to come back to them some time in the future. As a result, as I started I felt certain to give this read five stars but have now changed my mind - particularly as this does not contain a proper ending which means you are `compelled' to purchase the next one in order to redeem any meaning to it... I do prefer at least for a book to stand on its own and to decide for myself if I want to follow a serial or not...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2009
I heard this book wasn't as good as sabriel etc. It wasn't but still an awesome book, seriously so easy to read, hard to put down, really good read!!

I feel the books could be put into one because i feel he ended the first book to soon but carrys it on in the second so i cant complain!!

If you love Garth Nix then buy this book, you wont be dissapointed, i wasn't at all!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a fine and creative tale. Nix creates a believable fantasy world and populates it with compelling characters in the Castle. Then, he switches gears to create an equally complex environment and set of characters for our hero to find when he leaves the confines of the Castle. The story has fine twists and turns, and great action on both an individual scale and on a more epic scale.

The problem is, this is not a six book worthy story. If you are really a fan of these characters and this story, it's certainly fine to read all six books. If time or money is at a premium, you can actually read book one, ("The Fall"), book two, ("Castle"), and book six, ("The Violet Keystone"), and follow everything perfectly well. Then you can move on to other great Nix books, like the Keys to the Kingdom series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2010
Like his other long-running 'Keys to The Kingdom' series, 'The Seventh Tower' is a great concept stretched over too many books. Consequently, the first three books are great, but the story begins to lose steam thereafter and falls a little flat towards the end. Although not nearly as formulaic and predictable as 'Keys to the Kingdom', this series is spread a little too thin, and could have been condensed into a trilogy.

It seems that Nix's books are more successful when he writes for a slightly older audience. Case in point - the emotionally charged and chilling 'Shade's Children', and of course the incomparable Abhorsen trilogy.

Having said that, this is still Garth Nix and therefore more than worth the read, though perhaps more enjoyable for younger readers.
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on 19 August 2010
I have to admit I am a Garth Nix fan. This is the only series of books of his I have not yet read, and with the exception of some of his earliest work, I have loved everything he has written (even the early ones were good, but he has become ever more original as time goes by).

The Seventh Tower is set in a world redolent with trademark Garth Nix originality. Not like the world in any other books he has written or any others I have read. This is a world veiled in darkness, where the hero of the story - a boy on the brink of adulthood - is born into a class ridden and highly political society with a servant underclass. Desperate to avoid demotion to the underclass, and opposed at every turn by forces bent on defeating him, he must gain himself a primary sunstone.

This quest sets up the first book well, and the struggles and conflict are described in a way that draws the reader in. I was absorbed in this conflict almost from the first page, and I really really want to play Beastmaker now!

It seems clear there is more to this quest than just a search for a primary sunstone, and plenty of mystery and many unanswered questions were set up in this first book, so I already have book 2 on order (I completed this one a couple of days ago).

Garth Nix is good for older children, perfect for young adults and just as enjoyable to adults. This book perhaps aimed at a slightly younger audience than his Abhorsen series, but if you like good books, don't let that put you off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2010
I would highly recommend this series to all fantasy lovers, young and old. I don't agree with the previous reviewers that thought it wasn't as good as the Abhorson series, it's just different and I loved that too.

The six books in the series are really easy to read, but more than that you just don't want to put them down because the action never stops! I really hope Garth Nix decides to write a sequel series sometime, as I would love to know what happens to the worlds he has created here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 September 2011
Garth Nix is very clever,in that his story telling is such that all ages will be begging to continue onto the next instalment.The Seventh Tower (1) - The Fall This series had me up to all hours. I found the adventure was fast passed and exciting,as well as caring deaply about the two very well filled out characters. Well worth a few fantasy hours. Get it for your kids,but read it for yourself. Lol
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40 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on 26 September 2000
This book is about magic, adventure and danger. The main character, Tal, is a very deternmined boy who will do whatever it takes to save his family. One person I really liked in the book was Milla. She was very well described and a unique character who helped Tal get back to his home when he fell off the red tower. She has not successfully taken Tal home because the book ends at the very last bit of the journey. Another thing I really liked about the book were the magical monsters and the game of beast-maker. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs a GREAT book to read. Grant Dowling, age 9
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